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Posted on: December 14, 2022

Transit services changes start Dec. 19 to address staff shortages

Columbia/Territorial bus leaving the downtown Battle Creek transfer center

Battle Creek Transit will make service adjustments to all modes of transportation starting Monday, Dec. 19, due to ongoing staffing shortages. 

BCT fixed bus routes will operate Monday-Friday, from 5:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Saturday fixed bus route service is temporarily suspended. In order to continue to provide service on all fixed routes, some buses will alternate between routes throughout the course of the day. 

The following bus routes will combine: 

  • 1W - West Michigan 3W - Kendall/Goodale – This bus will service the 1W route at 15 minutes after each hour and the 3W route at 45 minutes after each hour. 
  • 2W - Columbia Territorial 2E - Emmett/East Avenue – This bus will service the 2W route every other hour at 15 minutes after, starting at 5:15 a.m. The bus will service the 2E route on the opposite hours at 15 minutes after, starting at 6:15 a.m. 
  • 3E - Main/Post / 4N - NE Capital – This bus will service the 3E route at 15 minutes after each hour and the 4N route at 45 minutes after each hour. 
  • 4S - SW Capital will continue to run every hour, with no change. 
  • 5W - Fort Custer/VA will continue to run every hour. The VA express will also continue as scheduled, in the early morning and late afternoon at 45 minutes after the hour, with no change. 

Hourly bus routes will end each day at 6:15 p.m. In order to provide connections, all half-hour bus routes will be serviced at 6:15 p.m., ending each day at 6:45 p.m. More information regarding these routes and our updated service schedule will be available on the BCT website, battlecreekmi.gov/transit. 

Tele-Transit will provide service from 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. This temporarily eliminates the service Tele-Transit typically provides until midnight. Tele-Transit will also not run on Saturdays, starting Saturday, Dec. 24. 

BCGo will provide service from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday service is temporarily suspended starting Saturday, December 24. 

Transit may still be able to help neighbors with prescheduled trips on BCGo or Tele-Transit through Dec. 23. Transit will notify neighbors by Dec. 16 if they must cancel your trip. 

The Battle Creek Transit team cares about our community and the essential service that we provide. We understand the hardship these service adjustments cause for our community, and we plan to resume regular operations as soon as possible. 

BCT is actively looking to hire both part-time and full-time Coach Operators. Positions start at $20.61 per hour, with no experience necessary, and include paid training! All positions offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement savings account with an employer match, and so much more! Those interested can apply at battlecreekmi.gov/jobs. 

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